Nov
0

Speechless

Breathing and speaking is something we all take for granted! Not to mention we can’t survive without the ability to deliver oxygen to our lungs. This blog is dedicated to all of the patient’s who suffer from tracheal cancer or other dangerous condition affecting the windpipe! The treatment for this is extremely difficult and dangerous. Another sad reality, sometimes it is too late for standard surgery or therapy. That is what is beautiful about this new break thru using stem cells.

A 36 year old man from Africa was condemned to die, but luckily for him a professor of regenerative surgery from Sweden built an entirely synthetic and permanent windpipe from stem cells. There was no rejection by the patient’s immune system, because the cells used to seed the artificial windpipe came from the patient’s own body. This is the beginning of a new form of therapy that will only continue to grow.

Cord Blood is the richest source of adult stems cell and it discarded at birth as normal procedure. Educate yourself and others about the importance of saving your babies cord blood. These priceless stems cells are the future of medicine.

Together we can help save lives!

Natalie Curry

Nov
0

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite times of the year! It is special in many different ways and is the platform for the official Holiday Season to begin. So often, people forget to be thankful for priceless things in your life and that is your family. Money and material things come and go within your life but the irreplaceable commodities are the ones that you love and love you back. There is no price you can pay for health but you can do everything within your power to protect the future of your family. For many of you that will be reading this blog, I have had my most difficult year of my life. It has comes with my biggest challenge both medically and mentally. I will be reflecting and sharing with you my journey in my upcoming blogs. It has reminded me how very important family is and their unselfish dedication to see me thru. So, as we enter into this Holiday Season I ask you to stop and truly celebrate the things that money can’t buy, your loved ones. CorCell is my personal choice of private cord blood banks and they too are taking the opportunity to celebrate the upcoming Thanksgiving Season by offering an additional discount of $200 off enrollment. If you happen to be a member of one of CorCell’s Insurance Partners you can combine this discount with the standard $350 off for a total of $550. Call 1-888-882-2673 or visit www.CorCell.com to obtain more information and details of the dates available for this promotion. Life is priceless; so make sure to be prepared to protect the ones you love. Stems cells saves and improves lives, don’t throw them away.

Together We CAN Help Save Lives!

Natalie Curry

Sep
0

Stem Cells for Dogs


It is no secret the value stem cells have in the various treatments for humans but now we are seeing them being used in the treatment of animals as well.  This is a gigantic step forward for veterinary medicine and for many pet owners who regard their fury friends as part of the family.  On July 19th, Bernie, the pit bull, was found by police officers stranded on a rooftop.  Bernie suffered third degree burns on his paw pads and spine.  Dr. Boyd Wagner, veterinarian and owner of the Wyomissing Animal Hospital, said, “I don’t think I’ve seen anything that bad in 25 years.”  Dr. Wagner decided to regrow Bernie’s paw pads with stem cells with the help of Celavet Inc., a California-based biotechnology firm that specializes in stem cell research in horses, cats, and dogs.

Bernie’s case was the first of its kind, using another animal’s stem cells to grow specialized types of cells.  Wagner said, “the stem cells increase the re-epitheliazation at a faster pace and a more uniform pace.”  Essentially, stem cells would be injected into Bernie’s pads to help heal at a quicker rate.  Stem-cell treatment in animals is a growing trend, hopefully sooner rather than later it will be available everywhere.

 

Jul
0

Stem Cells and Hair Loss

Hair loss affects roughly 56 million people in the United States alone. There are many causes for hair loss including age, illness, stress, and hormones; all of which we will most likely encounter. It is nondiscriminatory; affecting men, women, and children. Until now treatment for hair loss was extremely expensive or most likely ineffective.

Thanks to a study conducted at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, an innovative long term treatment is being developed through the use of stem cells.

The study focused on the stem cells that are responsible for the growth of hair follicles.  They discovered that in the case of balding, the stem cells that prompt the growth of hair had become inactive.  The study seeks to discover a way to reactivate the damaged stem cells initiating the regrowth of hair.  According to Dr. George Cotsarelis, Assistant Director of Dermatology a the University, the study shows that stem cell transplantation can be used as a hair loss treatment in the future.

These promising studies give hope to those who are dealing with hair loss for a multitude of reasons. WIth continued dedication and progressive thinking, hair loss will become a thing of the past.

 

Natalie Curry

 

 

Jun
0

The Vision of Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP) and Umbilical Cord Blood (UCB)

As discussed in my webinar with Dr. Kramer in late January, All Eyes on Cord Blood, stem cells from Umbilical Cord Blood (UCB) are being used to treat debilitating eye and vision disorders in premature babies.

Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP) is a potentially blinding disorder that primarily affects premature babies. ROP is caused by an abnormal growth of blood vessels that damage the retina.  Every year about 15,000 babies are affected.  Two teams from the Centre for Vision and Vascular Science at Queen’s University Belfast are researching different methods of treatment for babies affected by ROP.  The team led by Dr. Derek Brazil is aiming their focus at the potential for stem cell treatments from the babies’ own UCB. Dr Brazil believes it may be possible to protect babies from ROP, and save their sight, by treating them with a special type of stem cell taken from their own umbilical cords. Dr. Brazil and his colleagues were awarded a two-year grant from children’s charity, Action Medical Research, to pursue this life changing work.

CorCell, A Cord Blood America Company, partners with many Insurance Institutions to provide important literature and discounts to their members encouraging them to understand the value of UCB. Visit their website to see if your Insurance Company is a current partner @ http://www.corcell.com/insurance-partners/ or call 1-888-882-2673.

Umbilical cord blood is continuously proving itself invaluable.  Don’t risk tossing it in the trash when you may need it for a treatment or cure.

Together We Can Help Save Lives,

Natalie Curry

 

Jun
2

Interesting Facts on Cord Blood Transplants!

 I feel that cord blood transplants are more associated with children than adults. Today while reading an article about this topic I realized that this is a common misunderstanding.  It is often times more difficult to have success with adult cord blood transplants simply because of the amount of stem cells required. Doctors are now working on ways to increase the amount of stem cells found inside cord blood. This is a HUGE breakthrough! This makes  educational awareness of cord blood preservation even more  important since they can also be used for adult patients.

 A perfect or near perfect match is usually preferred for a Bone marrow transplant. For cord blood transplants however the match doesn’t need to be as close! Which makes finding a cord blood donor easier.  Since stem cells found in cord blood are the newest (youngest) form of  blood cell there are often times less complications. 

Every time a child is born even if they are healthy and have no immediate use for cord blood, it is still so important to store it! You never know who might need it in the future.

Together We CAN Help Save Lives,

Natalie Curry

May
1

Nice Note

natalie and Emily

Emily and I on her 21st Birthday

Natalie, I just wanted to tell you directly how much your story inspired and amazed me. And how strong you were at such a young age. And i’m sure you hear that everyday but i truly think your story is amazing.

 What Emily did is one of the coolest things I’ve ever heard. People keep asking me what I’m writing for my paper and I keep telling them about this really cool story about how a little sister saved her older sisters life. It is the craziest story I have ever heard.

Last night when I was checking my Facebook, I was pleased to find the above note in my inbox! It was sent to me by a high school senior who is writing a research paper about Stem Cells. I had a long conversation with her and was very happy to find out how interested she was in stem cells and all the potential that they have.

She is the second person I know this year who has done a project for school about stem cells/cord blood! This makes me very excited to know that more and more people are learning about this topic.

Together We CAN Help Save Lives,

Natalie Curry

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